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Version: 8.1


This function is used in Python Scripting.


Formats the contents of a dataset as CSV (comma separated values), returning the resulting CSV as a string. If the "forExport" flag is set, then the format will be appropriate for parsing using the system.dataset.fromCSV function.

Client Permission Restrictions

This scripting function has no Client Permission restrictions.


system.dataset.toCSV(dataset, showHeaders, forExport, localized)


DatasetdatasetThe dataset to export to CSV.
BooleanshowHeadersIf set to true, a header row will be present in the CSV. Default is true.
BooleanforExportIf set to true, extra header information will be present in the CSV data which is necessary for the CSV to be compatible with the fromCSV method. Overrides showHeaders. Default is false.
BooleanlocalizedIf set to true, the string representations of the values in the CSV data will be localized. Default is false.


String - The CSV data as a string.


Gateway, Vision Client, Perspective Session

Code Examples

Code Snippet
# This snippet runs a SQL query against a database and turns the results into a CSV string. It would 
# then store the resulting CSV to a file on the local hard drive.

results = system.db.runNamedQuery("Fetch Records",{})
csv = system.dataset.toCSV(dataset = results, showHeaders = True, forExport = False)
filePath = "C:\\output\\results.csv"
system.file.writeFile(filePath, csv)


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